Saturday, 18 January 2014

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood



Author: Jessica Spotswood
Pages: 330 pages
Publisher: Putnam
Release Date: February 7th, 2012
Recieved from: my public library
Status: Hardcover, book #1 in The Cahill Witch Chronicles

 Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.



I actually finished this book before the New Year, but I've been putting off this review because this book was so beautifully written, and it brought out so many emotions that I just didn't want it to end. Even though I have the sequel.

This book didn't put me in mourning period, but it did bring out my feels. I made a lot of assumptions about the characters and the plot, and although I got many of them right, there were a lot of things I wasn't expecting.

For example, I never thought that Cat's middle sister, Maura, would be the vain and attention-seeking one. I seriously thought that that was going to be the youngest one, Tess, but it was Maura. I think the reason why is because in the first chapter, she was described as the bookish one, so yeah...That's why I made the assumption.

But overall, the book was really interesting. There was so much plot and so much development with the characters, that I automatically fell in love with the book. Cat is 16, and the eldest Cahill girl. Unlike her younger siblings, she's average: she's learned Latin, but hasn't mastered it like her 12 year old sister Tess. She reads books, but isn't a book worm like her middle sister, Maura. She takes it upon herself to be the mother figure to her siblings ever since their mom died three years prior to when the story starts. You can tell from the story she's made herself become boring and strict to keep her siblings in line and protect them from the Brotherhood who are against witchcraft. I liked her, and she was an enjoyable character. What made me like her a lot as a narrator is that she's strong, and I like strong female characters.

Plot wise, there was a lot going on this book, and the way that Spotswood ended this book was just like. I knew that something was going to happen in the end that would ruin her engagement, but I didn't expect it to be that! (If you've read the book, you'd get it. So go read the book!). I knew that it was too good to be true, but wow, I wasn't expecting that Spotswood.

Despite that little feels fest at the end of the book, it ended on a good note and I can't wait to start reading my ARC of Star Cursed (btw, s/o to Giselle from Booknerd Canada who drove in the snow to give it to me!).

Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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